Bidell ready to begin operations in Weirton

A more than $3 million investment into the area in the north end of Weirton. A 100,000-square-foot building at 1400 Main St., formerly used as a machine shop by ArcelorMittal Steel and its predecessors, is set to begin production of the company’s gas compressor systems in the coming weeks. Bidell took possession of the property Feb. 14, announcing its plans March 10, and has spent the months since working to renovate the building, including the purchase of new cranes and other equipment, constructing work spaces for a variety of jobs, as well as creating office space. Of the 34 current employees, 15 live in Weirton, with seven from other surrounding West Virginia communities, eight from Ohio and three from Pennsylvania. The hope is to add another 100 positions by the end of 2018.